Known for its ethnic diversity, the cultural melting pot of Miami has been referred to by Time Magazine as the ‘Capital of Latin America’. Situated on the tip of the Floridian peninsula, its close proximity to Cuba, Mexico and The Bahamas has had a great deal of influence on the city. With a history of genre-defining dance music, nightclubbing in Miami has garnered an international reputation for good-looking dancers and glamorous fashion. South Beach is one of the iconic beaches of the world – its colourful lifeguard stands, tropical climate and art deco hotels are trademarks of the region.
In Biscayne Bay, near the mouth of the Miami River, lies busy PortMiami. PortMiami contends with the neighbouring Fort Lauderdale for the title of Cruise Capital of the World, with 7 passenger terminals welcoming more than 4 million passengers in 2013.
PortMiami is 20 minutes’ drive from Miami international airport in Biscayne Bay. Sandwiched between downtown Miami’s Little Havana and the glamorous hotel district of Miami Beach, everything that Miami has to offer is close at hand.
PortMiami has a reputation as one of the cruise capitals of the world.
- on-site parking, with special facilities for those with disabilities
- airport style counter check-in and baggage conveyor belts
- complimentary shuttle service from parking facilities to terminal doors.
PortMiami is used to a high turnover of passengers, so restaurants and eateries, ATMs and other conveniences can be located very close to the port in downtown Miami or Bayside Marketplace.
How to Get Around
Taxis are available from all terminals, with a flat rate service to Miami International airport of $24. Rental cars are available from the port or close by offsite, with free shuttle services connecting passengers to these rental locations directly from the terminal.
If you wish to travel by bus, the city of Miami provides an eco-friendly ‘Trolley’ service to the port directly on the Coral Way route. This is a free service with 6 routes operating around the city from Monday to Saturday starting at 6.30 AM. Distinguished by their vintage design, they are inexpensive and a great way to see the city.
- Currency: The currency in Miami is the United States dollar. Coins come in 1 cent (penny), 5 cent (nickel), 10 cent (dime), 25 cent (quarter), 50 cent (half dollar) and $1 denominations. Notes come in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
- Time Zone: Miami uses Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) from March to October, and Eastern Standard Time (EST) from November to February. EDT is 4 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time, while EST is 5 hours behind.
- Weather: Miami is classed as having a tropical monsoon climate, with long hot summers. Average daily temperatures range from 20° Celsius in January to 29° Celsius in July.
- South Beach - This historic area of Miami is famous as a spot for people-watching, as well as for its historic art deco architecture and many hotels. The beach itself is wide and long, an ideal place to spend some time under the Floridian sun.
- Villa Vizcaya - A lavish estate dating back to the early 20th century and now operating as a garden and museum, this waterfront spot is only a short distance from the port. A common setting for feature films, the Villa Vizcaya sits on 50 acres of Italian-style gardens and houses many fine European antiques and furnishings.
- Nightlife - The home of the disco sound of KC and the Sunshine Band, Miami still knows how to throw a party, as exemplified by the many bars and clubs. Most of the premier destinations are located in the Miami Beach area, and range from state-of-the-art dance clubs to polished cocktail bars.
- Art Basel Miami Beach - Once a year, Art Basel comes to town and brings with it a swathe of artists, investors, fashionistas and, of course, art. Noted as the peak time of year for private jet charters, Miami really comes alive with parties, special events and exhibitions timed to coincide with this salubrious art fair.